Wyatt Bourgeois

Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Interests

Parental Incarceration
Prosecution and Sentencing
Disparate School Discipline Practices
Racial and Gender Disparities in Criminal Justice
Intersection of Forensic Science and Criminal Justice

Jennifer Wyatt Bourgeois is a Center for Justice Research Postdoctoral Fellow. She recently completed her doctoral studies in the Administration of Justice program, within the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Forensic Science from Baylor University, and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Her research interests include risk and resilient factors associated with children and youth impacted by family and/or parental incarceration, the intersection of race, class, and gender within the criminal justice system, criminal justice program evaluations, and the intersection of criminal justice and forensic science.

She has previously assisted with the examination of predictive equity among risk assessment instruments. She has been published in the Journal of Black Studies, Lone Star Forensic Journal, and within the Drug Science, Policy, & Law. Additionally, she has co- authored two nationally recognized reports in the areas of pretrial diversion and prosecutor caseloads.